The New Upper!



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The New Upper!

Postby FuzzHugger » Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:36 am

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The new Upper is here!

The full Upper in a small enclosure. The most frequent Upper request I've gotten. The key to the Upper is stacking, but not everyone wanted the addition of the no-effect true-bypass loop (at the expense of size and cost).

So here it is! 2.37" wide Upper goodness!

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If you don't know about the Upper, it's classic/traditional analog octave up modded for maximum weirdness and dirt, with three controls to dial in the exact texture and response you want--including blending out the octave but keeping the dirt. From cleanish to mildly overdriven (to nasty clang if you want it!). Stack it to make fuzzes and other dirt pedals sound amazing!
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Re: The New Upper!

Postby goroth » Tue Sep 18, 2012 5:59 am

Looks fantastic Tom! Visually, your designs have been off the hook lately.
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Re: The New Upper!

Postby sonidero » Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:14 pm

Sweet, but I love the loop and bypass...

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Re: The New Upper!

Postby Wes Mantooth » Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:55 pm

Upper plus Eau Claire Thunder or Blunderbuss= Best Superfuzz ever :thumb:
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Re: The New Upper!

Postby FuzzHugger » Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:23 pm

Thanks, guys! I'm putting in some serious extra hours.

sonidero wrote:Sweet, but I love the loop and bypass...

Keep knockin 'em out the park TDal...


Ahhh, but of course you can order one with the loop and bypass!
As this mockup demonstrates: ;)

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Re: The New Upper!

Postby FuzzHugger » Sat Sep 22, 2012 2:51 am

Video manual / closer look at the Upper:
(There's also a couple mins of playing at the end!)
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Re: The New Upper!

Postby coldbrightsunlight » Sun Sep 23, 2012 6:04 pm

Off the hook design man, if I didn't have a gorgeous big Upper already I'd be buying one for sure! Best octave I've ever heard and the small enclosure is cool, although the bypass loop is awesome and I use it a lot.
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Re: The New Upper!

Postby grokostimpy » Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:31 pm

Hi all, I'm reviving this thread for a quick question:
I have a Pocket Arcade, and I'm curious how the Upper compares to the Octave-up function of the PA.

Has anyone played both? If so, which do you prefer?
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Re: The New Upper!

Postby FuzzHugger » Thu Feb 20, 2014 5:18 am

grokostimpy wrote:Hi all, I'm reviving this thread for a quick question:
I have a Pocket Arcade, and I'm curious how the Upper compares to the Octave-up function of the PA.

Has anyone played both? If so, which do you prefer?


The Upper is the same ringer circuit used in the Arcade's mode one. (The Upper has an extra control in the Bias knob. Also, in the past, I've matched the diodes only in the Upper, which dials in the perfectness of the octave--well, as perfect as this thing can do--but now I match in both. Regardless, it's a pretty negligible difference.

The Bias knob is the Upper's most dramatic control, letting you adjust the texture, weirdness, and ring-modiness of the octave (which is the product of frequency doubling)...blend out the effect, bring in a bit more warmth, increase the gain, or make it even nastier. It's a gem when stacked.


(More info on the Upper that's in the Phantom Arcade:)
The Phantom Arcade has the Upper with High and Sustain controls, the Pocket Arcade (mini Phantom Arcade)has it with just the High knob. (The Sustain knob adds a nice bonus to get pop-in tones, but it's a total must, so it's not in the Pocket Arcade.)
The Upper's High knob is on both Phantoms, cause it's most useful, letting you 1) take the edge off in Oct Up mode and Oct-Up-Fuzz mode and 2) get dramatic sweep of filtered oscillation in Turbo mode.

Hopefully, I've been clear enough in the past about the Upper being in the Phantom Arcade. The Phantom Arcade combines several circuits that play really well together, as well as some mode switching sneakiness, so it's like four different pedals. 1) ringer/octave up, 2) glitchy octave down fuzz, 3) octave up fuzz, 4) oscillating glitch fuzz. Any of those could be a $150+ pedal if split off, so it's a big deal. ;) :lol:
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Re: The New Upper!

Postby grokostimpy » Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:49 pm

Thank you for explaining that, Tom. I've been really loving the high knob on the PA lately, and I'm happy to know it's related to the Upper. Cheers!
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Re: The New Upper!

Postby Bassist_Diver » Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:26 am

So.... how does it work on bass?
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Re: The New Upper!

Postby neonblack » Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:43 am

Bassist_Diver wrote:So.... how does it work on bass?
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Re: The New Upper!

Postby Chankgeez » Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:39 am

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Re: The New Upper!

Postby coldbrightsunlight » Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:25 pm

neonblack wrote:
Bassist_Diver wrote:So.... how does it work on bass?

AWESOMELY. F'realz I LOVE the upper on bass. Upper driving another fuzz is so deliciously nasty.
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Re: The New Upper!

Postby Bassist_Diver » Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:39 pm

monkeydancer wrote:
neonblack wrote:
Bassist_Diver wrote:So.... how does it work on bass?

AWESOMELY. F'realz I LOVE the upper on bass. Upper driving another fuzz is so deliciously nasty.

That's what I suspected, since octave up is typically less glitchy than octave down. Are there any clips floating around somewhere?
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